Since 2003, Dr. Anthony Roberts has served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at Shady Grove Ophthalmology in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Anthony Roberts has performed over 55,000 refractive eye surgeries during his career, including Lasik surgery. He also treats many patients with severe eye diseases such as glaucoma.
New research from the Glaucoma Research Society of Canada suggests that people with glaucoma lose more than just their visual fields. In a recent study, scientists tracked the saccadic eye movements of people who suffer from glaucoma. (Saccadic eye movements occur when both eyes move together to scan the environment. They play an important role in reading, walking, and driving.) The researchers discovered that for all patients with glaucoma, even those in the very early stages of the disease, the saccadic eye movements were 15 percent slower than for the general population. This delay is similar to the one that occurs in people who are drunk, and explains why people with glaucoma have trouble reading, fall frequently, and are involved in car accidents, even when their visual fields are only mildly impaired.
Currently, a cure for glaucoma does not exist, but therapies can slow its progression. If a person experiences frequent falls, experiences a series of car accidents and near misses, or has trouble reading, he or she should schedule an appointment with a qualified ophthalmologist for further evaluation.